Sunday, April 26, 2015

Compton catches Day after long bad eather delay in New Orleans

Weather once again plagued the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday. Nearly six hours of daylight was lost mid-day as rain poured onto TPC Louisiana, but when players were able to return to the course at dusk, Erik Compton took advantage.
Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, went on a birdie run Saturday evening to pull even with Australian Jason Day, who led at the start of the round.
Compton and Day were at 13 under, a shot ahead of Justin Rose, Blayne Barber, Jerry Kelly and David Hearn at TPC Louisiana when play was suspended because of darkness.
Compton finished six holes, and Day played three. Before rain halted play at 12:14 p.m., Day finished off a 7-under 65 to take the second-round lead.
Winless on the US PGA Tour, Compton also posted a 65 in the second round.
"It was nice to come out this morning and finish the round," Compton said. "And then, I basically just did what everybody else did, just saddled up and waited."
Compton opened the third round with a birdie on the first hole before the long delay. He came back with a birdie on the par-5 second and added birdies on the fourth and fifth holes.
"It's going to be a low scoring tournament so fortunate to get off to a decent start, a good start," Compton said. "It's a lot of golf, so you know you have to reach a number."
A strong storm moved that moved through the area downed at least one tree and toppled tables. Play resumed at 5:57 p.m. and was suspended for the day at 7:32 p.m.
It took Day 13 hours to get in seven holes Saturday.
"It's just a lot of patience you had to have today," Day said. "I know that it's very easy to get frustrated and start getting angry at the things that have gone on, especially with the weather. But with everyone that's getting frustrated I know I can't. Just got to stay centered and keep pushing."
The Australian, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 6, will open his title defence in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play next week in San Francisco
Martin Laird (75-69) missed the cut by five shots while Marc Warren (72-72) also totalled 144 to be sidelined.
But Russell Knox is hanging on in there. He is four under par overall after six holes of the third round.
PGA Tour officials said play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The players will not be repaired for the final round.





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